Former Secretary to John Howard's cabinet, Paul McClintock, has (sort of) followed in the footsteps of his dad in ascending to the chairmanship of department store retailer Myer Holdings.
Way back before markets crashed in the 1980s, when swashbuckling entrepreneurs ruled the investment world, Sir Eric McClintock was chairman of an earlier incarnation of supermarket giant Woolworths.
Sir Eric was at the helm of that version of Woolies, presiding over acquisitions such as the Dick Smith electronics business and Victorian supermarket chain Safeway - not to mention being there for the launch of the "Fresh Food People" slogan.
At the end of the decade Woolies was swallowed by Sir Ron Brierley's Industrial Equity, which was only a couple of months later ingested by John Spalvins' Adelaide Steamship group.
AdSteam refloated the current version of Woolworths in 1993, and nearly 20 years later the remaining pieces of that defunct group were last heard still fighting with the tax office over a multi-billion dollar tax bill, and penalties, relating to profits from the float.
As for McClintock the younger, he has now gone from a couple of stints working for one Howard (John), to replacing another - incumbent Myer chair Howard McDonald.
His arrival at the retailer represents the latest segue of a career begun as a solicitor with Freehills, stints on the boards of several mining companies (including that of diamond miner Ashton before Rio Tinto ate it all up), and flirtations with the health industry (he is still chair of Medibank Private).
Only the cruel would draw a link between hospital beds and the state of the retail industry.